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Acadiana Facing Massive Rental Car Shortage

Auto Rental etc. are one of many facing a major shortage of rental cars right now. General Manager, Eric Stroderd says the company has never seen a demand like this before.

Posted: May 27, 2021 3:25 PM
Updated: May 27, 2021 6:10 PM

LAFAYETTE, LA -- Traveling by air and even on the road has increased with many people renting cars more than ever now.

Auto Rental etc. are one of many companies facing a major shortage of rental cars right now. General Manager, Eric Stroderd says the company has never seen a demand like this before.

“We are hearing of customers having to travel into different cities in order to be able to get a rental vehicle.” Eric Stroded Said.

Employees at auto rental etc. are receiving numerous calls as covid-19 restrictions loosen and summer travel begins.

“We have been having to shut off our website literally six weeks in a row because the demand just keeps coming in and we are trying to prevent customers from expecting to be able to get a vehicle when there is really not anything that we can do.” Eric Stroded Said.

Recent flash flooding has also made it difficult for car rental companies to combat the shortage they were already facing.

“Ever since the flooding began, we literally rented out, it's been like that since day one. I mean to this point , we are taking in as many customers from the Lake Charles location into the Lafayette market just to be able to supply them cars,” Eric Stroded Said.

Right now if you need a vehicle, Auto Rental etc. employees are advising travelers to book 30 days in advance in order to get a vehicle.

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